Redwood Trees Have 2 Types of Leaves

And they do totally different things. Redwoods have two types of leaves, one to make food and the other to absorb water.

Redwoods are among the most well-studied trees on the planet, yet their mysteries continue to surprise and delight scientists and nature lovers. 

The peripheral leaf spends its working hours making the tree’s food — converting sunlight into sugar through photosynthesis. Its colleague, the axial leaf, does almost nothing to help with photosynthesis. Instead its speciality is to absorb water. In fact, the study found that a large redwood can absorb up to 14 gallons of water in just the first hour its leaves are wet.

Read the fascinating summary of the scientific article → https://www.ucdavis.edu/climate/news/discovery-uncovers-new-leaf-redwoods

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Dave Green

With a deep-rooted passion for nature and a decade-long journey nurturing redwood trees, Dave stands as a dedicated steward of these majestic giants. Over the past ten years, Dave has meticulously cultivated redwood trees, witnessing their growth from mere saplings to towering sentinels of the natural world. As a UK-based enthusiast, Dave has developed a profound understanding of the intricacies of redwood tree care, adaptation to local climates, and their unique appeal in British landscapes. Through Dave's expert insights and hands-on experience, readers are invited to explore the enchanting world of redwood trees and discover the wonders that these living monuments bring to our surroundings.